Today is full of surprises. Samsung and Oculus are said to be working together, while Motorola is closing down factories. Samsung may also be joining the Android Wear revolution.
We recently reported that Samsung could be working on an Oculus Rift competitor, but it turns out they may be doing completely the opposite. New rumors indicate the two companies are working together for Samsung’s new endeavor!
It’s said Samsung would provide the hardware while Oculus would hand over the software side, saving Samsung some time and helping them beat the competition to the market. Why would Oculus help a possible competitor? Samsung’s alternative is not said to be about gaming, but about media consumption. That being the case, these would really not be competitors.
Such device is rumored to come with no display. Instead, it would use Samsung’s smartphone as the source of the screen.
Opinion: Other details are still anyone’s guess, but I wonder how successful Samsung can make virtual reality on smartphones. Odds are Samsung just wants to be first, which is a strategy they always use.
Motorola saw some changes while under Google’s wing. One of them was the opening of a US-based factory; an assembly plant that was opened in Texas. This was the source of Motorola’s “assembled in the USA” marketing. This was a move that was simply unheard of, but it seems the decision may have not been the right one.
Motorola has just announced they are shutting down the factory. It makes sense, as they are now becoming a part of Lenovo. It may not be very convenient for a non-USA company to have factories in America. Not to mention, it is probably expensive, and no manufacturer likes that.
Opinion: It was nice to see a device finally creating jobs and being developed in the USA, but this move makes a lot of sense. Lenovo did tell us they plan to create a bigger focus in other markets, so this may be part of that project.
Samsung has trademarked Galaxy Wear, which is believed to be Samsung’s upcoming Android Wear smartwatch. No other details are known, only that Samsung wants put its name to this moniker.
It seems interesting that Samsung may be creating an Android Wear device. They have been adamant about making their smartwatches exclusive, and now they have moved to Tizen-based smartwatches.
Opinion: Of course, don’t hold your breath on this one, either. Companies often trademark device names and brands only to never use them. This may or may not come to fruition.